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Pleasing Orion bankable points to fast project payback 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 3 hours ago Zinc and copper exploration and development company Orion Minerals pleasantly surprised the market on Monday when it announced a bankable feasibility study (BFS) that paves the way for financing, concentrate offtake and mine construction of the Prieska project in the Northern Cape. The BFS... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role
Photo by Creamer Media
BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements

Minergy appoints CEO-designate 

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2019 The Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Minergy on Thursday announced that its CFO Morne du Plessis had been appointed CEO-designate and would take over the reins of the coal mining and coal trading company on August 1. This follows last month’s announcement that current Minergy CEO Andre Bojé, 63,... 

Minergy appoints CEO-designate
Minergy CEO-designate Morne du Plessis

Unions call for new standard to protect US miners from silica dust

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2019 With cases of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (black lung disease) and progressive massive fibrosis spiking, two unions have called on the Mine Safety and Health Administration to step up standards to protect miners from silica dust. The United Mine Workers of America and United Steelworkers said in... 

Mining contractor employee dies in vehicle incident at Vanggatfontein

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2019 One person, an employee of mining contractor Stefanutti Stocks Mining Services, has died after sustaining injuries in a vehicle incident at coal miner Wescoal's Vanggatfontein mine on Monday night. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy is investigating the circumstances surrounding the... 

Digital transformation in mining, metals sector poised to generate $425bn over next ten years

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2019 Mining is transforming rapidly worldwide and becoming more automated, with the mining automation market expected to be worth $3.29-billion by 2023. Digital transformation initiatives in the mining and metals industry could generate $425-billion over the next ten years. The mining companies that... 

Digital transformation in mining, metals sector poised to generate $425bn over next ten years
ITUMELENG MUKHOVHA Mining companies are increasing the use of automation, robots and operational software to overcome stagnant growth

Platinum mine truck being converted to run on hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2019 Early research and development work has begun to pave the way for the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell electric trucking at a local platinum mine, Mining Weekly Online can today report. A truck is currently being converted to run on hydrogen, which will initially be brought to the mine in tankers. 

Platinum mine truck being converted to run on hydrogen
Inner workings of platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cell

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2019 South Africa, which has a wonderful platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment and an abundance of high-quality manganese ore, should go all out to be in the best of two new carbon-reducing technology worlds. On the one hand, it should do all it can to be in the world of hydrogen with the help of... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds
Photo by Toyota/Anglo American
A fuel cell electric vehicle requires platinum

Vale sets aside $1.9bn to decommission nine dams

By: Bloomberg     10th June 2019 Vale, the world’s largest iron-ore miner, set aside $1.9-billion to accelerate the decommissioning of nine mine-waste dams in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state as part of its response to the deadliest tailings disaster in the country’s history. Between $150-million and $200-million will be spent this... 

Global miners respond to call to publish tailings dam details

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 Global mining companies have responded to a call by ethical investors working on a global standard for tailings dams to provide information about the facilities that they control, with several companies having published information about their tailings storage facilities (TSFs). These include... 

Global miners respond to call to publish tailings dam details

BHP review finds no dam integrity risks across tailings portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 Australia-headquartered resources company BHP Group on Friday presented an update on the company’s approach to its tailings storage facilities’ (TSF’s) management and to provide information on the number, design and classification of tailings facilities. BHP said it was establishing a dedicated... 

Zero harm is possible – Zikalala 

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2019 Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Zikalala has hit the ground running as the newly appointed Managing Director of De Beers Group Managed Operations in South Africa and Canada, which employ more than 5 500 people, including contractors. The focus of the De Beers Group Managed Operations leadership team is on... 

Zero harm is possible – Zikalala
Newly appointed MD of De Beers Group Managed Operations in South Africa and Canada Mpumi Zikalala talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Christo Greyling.

TCTA comes up with power alternative amid ‘war zone’ at Mintails plant  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2019 The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority on Thursday announced that its acid mine drainage water treatment plant in the Western basin, near Krugersdorp, could not be reopened as planned on June 4. This was owing to an escalating security threat at the adjacent Mintails gold treatment plant, where... 

Vale creates role of safety czar after two deadly dam collapses

By: Reuters     6th June 2019 Brazilian mining giant Vale said on Wednesday it had created the new role of executive director for safety and operational excellence, following a dam burst in January that killed hundreds, its second such disaster in three years. The world's largest iron ore miner said it had recruited Carlos... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2019 Manganese could make its mark in the battery electric vehicle (EV) arena by displacing cobalt to a large extent in many of the cathode formulations, where the bulk of battery metals are used. The Junior Indaba heard on Wednesday that manganese, which South Africa hosts in abundance, is in a race... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal
Junior Indaba strategic metals discussion covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2019 Junior mining is badly in need of a policy framework that will kickstart activity, mining luminary Bernard Swanepoel said on Tuesday. Speaking to a packed 2019 Junior Indaba conference for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, Swanepoel outlined how he had boldly stepped into the... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel
Junior Indaba opening addresses covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater.

Rock burst claims female employee’s life at South Deep

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2019 A 38-year old female trackless crew leader was killed after being struck by a rock ejected from the face of Gold Fields’ South Deep mine, on Sunday, following a series of four seismic events in quick succession. The gold miner reported that three of the seismic events were been 1.4 and 1.9 in... 

Codelco partially halts work at El Teniente mine after fatal accident

By: Reuters     3rd June 2019 hile's State-owned miner Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, said on Sunday it partially halted work at its El Teniente mine following a fatal accident. Operator Pedro Mena, 58, died from injuries sustained when he was hit by a rock while working in the Pilar Norte sector of the mine,... 

Independent power producer association hails Mantashe's appointment

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2019 The appointment of Gwede Mantashe as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy has been welcomed by the South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA), which described as “massive” the challenges he, Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa and the rest of... 

Researchers at Mandela Mining Precinct deserve strong support 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2019 Following a period of marked disintegration of mining research in South Africa, there is now a positive new thrust emerging from the research, development and innovation (RDI) units active at the Mandela Mining Precinct in Carlow Road, Johannesburg. These RDI teams are making use of the exciting... 

Researchers at Mandela Mining Precinct deserve strong support
Solutions needed for mining at depth.

Platinum in climate change, remote machinery, Mandela Mining Precinct make headlines  

29th May 2019 In the face of climate change more emphasis needs to be given to platinum, and there needs to be a collective South African effort on this part. Meanwhile, in an effort to stop miners going down deep-level mines, remote machinery should come to the fore. And, inroads are being made in research,... 

Platinum in climate change, remote machinery, Mandela Mining Precinct make headlines
Platinum in climate change, remote machinery, Mandela Mining Precinct make headlines.

Collective SA effort needed to spotlight platinum’s deftness in climate change battle  

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2019 More vehicle manufacturers are acknowledging that platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells are the sole route to 100% carbon-free driving. But platinum’s own catalytic prowess is in danger of being under-acknowledged. 

Collective SA effort needed to spotlight platinum’s deftness in climate change battle
Photo by Reuters
Inner workings of platinum-using electric vehicle

Capital efficiency approach leverage for junior miners

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Project solutions and engineering provider Wood PLC looks forward to participating in positive investment trends in the local junior mining sector, with the company’s capital efficiency approach designed to assist junior miners in leveraging their limited resources. The approach consists of a... 

Standby power in demand for off-grid juniors

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Junior miners create demand for generators and standby power, as they are often off-grid in the project startup phase yet aim to start generating revenue from their mine resource as soon as possible, says generator manufacturer HIMOINSA Southern Africa. It is imperative that juniors should have... 

Demand for ICT services from juniors on the rise

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 As there is a new wave of junior miners being established in Africa, this brings with it a significant demand for information and communications technology (ICT) services. Information technology, consulting and business processes services supplier Wipro has been engaging continually with clients... 

Demand for ICT services  from juniors on the rise
MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG It is important that junior miners deploy ICT providers who have sufficient mining experience

Competence development a key focus for Sandvik

By: Thabi Madiba     24th May 2019 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology Southern Africa will launch its Mechatronic Training Program, which is a competence service offering that aims to take advantage of the changing world of business by equipping their current workforce with competencies to work on... 

Competence development a key focus for Sandvik
HANDS-ON Experience-based training groomed artisans for real operations

Junior Indaba sponsor looks forward to engaging juniors

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Mining and minerals advisory company Fraser McGill will, for the first time, sponsor the Junior Indaba this year, which will be held at the Country Club Johannesburg, in Auckland Park, from June 4 to 5. “As our business is specifically geared towards juniors, the demand and acceptance from them... 

Use remote machinery to mine at depth ­– Jourdan 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2019 Independent consultant Dr Paul Jourdan on Thursday called on South Africa to cease sending people down dangerous deep-level mines and introduce remote machinery to mine at depth. He was speaking at the Southern African Mining Supply Chain Conference and Strategy Workshop, which was hosted by the... 

Use remote machinery to mine at depth ­– Jourdan
Photo by Creamer Media
Dr Paul Jourdan at the SA Mining Supply Chain Conference.

Mining fatalities among ICMM member companies decrease again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2019 International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) member companies recorded 50 fatalities in 2018, compared with the 51 recorded in 2017 and the 63 recorded in 2016. Eleven of ICMM’s 27 member companies reported no fatalities in 2018, compared with eight in 2017. These companies were Africa... 

Mining fatalities among ICMM member companies decrease again

Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2019 A new manganese-containing material may contribute to platinum-using hydrogen fuel cells being driven down the cost curve. The new material, made from manganese hydride, is being earmarked for use in molecular sieves that work with the fuel cells in hydrogen fuelled systems that generate... 

Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve
Hydrogen fuel cell cars use hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity with the help of platinum.

A-OSH Expo will showcase latest innovations and technology

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 The ninth edition of Africa’s leading occupational health and safety expo – A-OSH Expo – will provide the ideal platform for companies to demonstrate the latest innovations and technologies from the personal protective equipment and occupational health sectors. A-OSH Expo is organised by trade... 

A-OSH Expo will showcase latest innovations and technology
PROTECTIVE WEAR A-OSH Expo will feature exhibitors that offer tailor-made products and services for the mining industry

Technological advancements improve health and safety

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 Global advancements in mine automation, remote monitoring, control technologies and improvements to equipment operator interfaces have created many new opportunities for mining companies to improve their health and safety while increasing productivity, says training and workforce development... 

Technological advancements improve health and safety
VIRTUAL REALITY WorksiteVR Quest is a three-dimensional computer generated environment

Visual security can curb illegal mining

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 The right visual security components can assist in securing mining properties to prevent illegal miners from gaining entry, says video surveillance specialist Graphic Image Technologies (GIT) executive Laurence Smith. Illegal mining is dangerous and often happens under desperate conditions... 

Visual security can  curb illegal mining
DUAL HEAD The Flir Saros camera was introduced to the international market in November last year

Modernisation process could assist economic prosperity

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The industry needs to modernise, “but let’s be clear about what modernisation is not – it is not simply mechanisation, it is far more than that”, says Minerals Council South Africa modernisation and safety senior executive Sietse van der Woude, He describes it, instead, as a process of transition... 

Modernisation process could assist economic prosperity
SIETSE VAN DER WOUDE The transition to modernised mining needs to afford all stakeholders the chance to develop policies and programmes which ensure sustainability beyond minin

Rebranded Minerals Council reflects the promise of the future 

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa – formerly the Chamber of Mines –  officially rebranded in May 2018, repositioning the organisation to reflect, “the promise of the future”, by amending its role and ethos to drive a positive reform agenda that enables the industry to reach its true economic and... 

Rebranded Minerals Council reflects the promise of the future
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter discusses the organisation’s rebranding and role in the industry. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

I-CAT finalises dust management project in Guinea

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 Environmental consultancy and product developer I-CAT finalised a dust management project on a bauxite mine – a first for the company – in Guinea last month. “This is a different ore than what we are used to – it was unique . . . and we have been successful,” I-CAT divisional manager Morné van... 

I-CAT finalises dust management project in Guinea
DEFEATING THE DUST I-CAT has completed 17 dust suppression projects in Africa in the past three months

Qualification verification key aspect in mining

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 Given the high risk of the mining environment, companies should ensure that their employees are correctly qualified to meet their job requirements, says background screening and vetting specialists Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE). Mines should undertake the necessary processes to verify and... 

Qualification verification key aspect in mining
JENNIFER BARKHUIZEN It is important for Managed Integrity Evaluation to understand its clients’ requirements and specifications to put together a complete solution for them

More efficient health and safety management in mining holds much promise

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 The mining sector is often a risky environment in which to work, making health and safety a major focus, and much has to be done to ensure that it is managed more efficiently in the industry, says employee experience company Wyzetalk CEO Gysbert Kappers. He tells Mining Weekly that industry... 

More efficient health and safety management in mining holds much promise
GYSBERT KAPPERS Protecting workers is the right thing to do
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